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Photo credit: Fernkloof.com

Photo credit: Fernkloof.com

A delicate little pink flower blooms only in Hermanus. It is the highly endangered heath Erica hermani – named after the town that is its home. It was only discovered in the area as recently as the 1980s. Sadly, the number of plants are declining due to urban expansion on the flats to the west of Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

Some plants remaining inside the reserve boundary occur within a firebreak, where regular brush cutting chops down this small, single-stemmed species. Alien plants further threaten the population on the lower slopes of Fernkloof. What are its chances of surviving an ill-conceived road through its only habitat?